June 2011 Wrap-Up (and Giveaway Results!)

The end of June already!  Half a year gone, and I’m smashing all previous records (the reading ones that is – definitely not the blogging ones…).  As usual, for your perusal, here is the month of June at a glance…

But wait – at the end of this post (unusually), there will be the results of my F.C. Delius giveaway!  Patience is a virtue 🙂

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Total Books Read: 10
Year-to-date: 67

New: 10
Rereads: 0
From the Shelves: 6
From the Library: 4
On the Kindle: 0
Novels: 7
Novellas: 2
Short Stories: 1
Non-English Language: 4 (2 Japanese, 2 German)
In Original Language: 2 (2 German)

Books read in June were:
1) The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata
2) Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre by Goethe
3) Felix Holt: The Radical by George Eliot
4) Silence by Shusaku Endo
5) Sartoris by William Faulkner
6) Bildnis der Mutter als junge Frau by Friedrich Christian Delius
7) The Reasons I Won’t Be Coming by Elliot Perlman
8) The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner
9) The Lost Life by Steven Carroll
10) The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Murakami Challenge: 0 (2/3)
Aussie Author Challenge: 3 (13/12)
Victorian Literature Challenge: 1 (13/15)
Japanese literature Challenge 5: 2 (2/1)


Tony’s Recommendation for June is: Shusaku Endo’s Silence

June was an exceptional month, with a number of high-quality reads.  There was another wonderful novel from Australian writer Steven Carroll, F.C. Delius’ wonderful one-sentence book, the first of William Faulkner’s novels set in his fictionalised hometown, Yasunari Kawabata’s intriguing tale of games within a game, and Goethe’s classic Bildungsroman – on which I spent half of May and the first few days of June…

However, even in such a distinguished field, Shusaku Endo’s Silence was a stand out.  Very different from any of the J-Lit I’d read previously, this tale of a trial of faith in alien climes is well worth the effort – do try it 🙂

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Well, that’s all for… sorry, the giveaway?  Ah, yes – I’d almost forgotten 🙂

I had around sixty entries for this competition, which is roughly ten times the number of people that usually even read my posts, so I was slightly overwhelmed by the number of e-mails dropping into my inbox.  I was very happy though to see that everyone was happy to comply with my cheeky request for manners 😉

And the winner?  As chosen by a random computer thingy, congratulations to Laura of Devouring Texts – I will be contacting you for a postal address very soon!

But wait – there’s more!  Surprisingly, several of you expressed interest in the German-language version, and I have decided to be generous (the Aussie Dollar is doing very well at the moment!) and also award a German copy to one lucky entrant – and that person is Eva {the writer} – herzlichen Glückwunsch!  I’ll be e-mailing you too

Thank you for the interest and attention – time for me to slip back into obscurity.  Night all 🙂

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7 thoughts on “June 2011 Wrap-Up (and Giveaway Results!)

  1. Now I'm tempted to do a mid-year stats summary! Except, it would be such a hassle…we'll see if my love of numbers or laziness win out. 😉

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  2. Jo – Thanks 🙂 Unfortunately, I was ethically bound to be impartial (although it did cross my mind to just keep clicking until I was happy with the result… no, bad!)

    Eva – Please don't – I'm quite proud of my 67, and I get the feeling that your list would put mine to shame 😉

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  3. It has felt very strange for me not to write a post about each book I have finished lately. It is kind of nice to just put it back on the shelf and not think about it any more, but at the same time I am aware of not remembering what I read a week ago. Disconcerting! I think it is that which is pulling me back to regular blogging.

    Hope your aches and pains are benefiting from “computer rest”.

    It is interesting that so many people contacted you in regard to freebie book. 🙂

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  4. Violet – Good to see you back 🙂

    It's hard to find the happy medium; I'm trying to pick and choose a bit more these days when deciding what to blog about (and I do still need the odd computer-free day or two…).

    I like to think that it was my wonderfully insightful review that drew the crowds, but I suspect that this is not the case 😉

    Cat – Always happy to let people know more about the wonderful genre that is J-Lit 🙂

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